Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. Dr. Shlafer joined the faculty in September 2012 after completing a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in the Division (2010-2012). Dr. Shlafer completed her Masters in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her PhD in Child Psychology at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Shlafer's research focuses on promoting the health and well-being of children and families exposed to the criminal legal system. Much of her work focuses on the health of children with parents in prison and jail, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration.
Dr. Shlafer has taught the writing seminar for the interdisciplinary training program in Adolescent Health, as well as undergraduate courses in Child Psychology and through the University Honors program.
In addition to her research and teaching activities, Dr. Shlafer served as a volunteer guardian ad litem in Hennepin County for nearly 10 years where she served as an advocate for abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court.
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